Civil Structural Engineer Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Civil, Structural Engineering, Development, Forensic Engineering, Value Engineering, Residential Property Design, Construction, Structure Design, Construction Materials, Construction Processes, Standard Engineering, Construction Processes, Historic, Current Code Requirements, Land Development, Forensic Engineering, Residential Construction, Construction Codes, Construction Materials, Materials,

He has an extensive management and organizational experience in the fields of forensic engineering and construction contribute to his professional business approach in his work as a Civil Engineer. After completing his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Utah, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corp during which time he managed the EPA and OSHA programs for 16,000 personnel and supervised all Safety and Environmental personnel within his division. After a 4 year military career, holding the rank of Captain, entered the civilian workforce in construction management. He has extensive experience conducting forensic structural examinations, analysis and report composition. He has examined hundreds of structures, identifying cause, origin, and extent of various types of damage. His familiarity with current and historical building codes has resulted in identification of design and construction defects. Some of his work includes evaluating foundations, structural members, various roof systems, and analysis of watershed drainage systems.


BS, Civil Engineering, University of Utah 1995

Certified Professional Engineer

Licensed in Texas, 2003

Licensed in Arizona, 2004

Licensing in Missouri (in progress), 2007/2008


(National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying), accredited by ANSI, 2007
Established national record, 2004

Continuing Education

Simpson Strong-Tie, High Wind Design & Construction - May 2007
Simpson Strong-Tie, High Wind Design & Construction - Nov 2006
International Code Council, Performing Residential Plan Reviews - May 2005
American Concrete Institute, Slabs on Ground - Oct 2002
Indoor Air Quality Assoc, Certified Indoor Environmentalist Course - Nov 2001
USMC, Ground Safety for Marines - Jan 1999
USMC, National Environmental Policy Act Implementation Course - Dec 1998
USMC, Operational Risk Management - Nov 1998
USMC, Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Course - Oct 1998
United States Marine Corps, Mishap Investigation and Prevention - Jul 1998


A Company
Sr. Consultant, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Land Development

Provide engineering consultation services with regard to forensic engineering, design and construction of residential properties, and value engineering.  Provide expert witness for legal actions and subrogation claims. Expertise encompasses all phases of construction from unimproved land to completed product; land development, structure design, and construction management. Knowledgeable of various construction materials & components, construction processes, standard engineering & construction practices, and historic & current code requirements. Determination and assignment of fault for multiple party involvements.

David Weekley Homes
Houston, TX
Corporate Engineer, Residential Engineering

Responsibilities:  Initiated in-house engineering processes at top 20 builder.  Procured all hardware & software, and trained personnel as necessary for daily operations.  Value engineered roof and framing plans for Dallas and Houston venues, and produced material schedules for estimating and field use. Identified ways to streamline product development and operations processes capable of saving millions of dollars per year.

Value engineered 300+ plans in the Dallas & Houston markets saving an average of over $2,000 per home through material reduction & elimination of engineering service fees.

Identified areas of systematic structural deficiency and coordinated with Purchasing, Estimating and Operations to provide details and specifications to correct various issues, while providing for ease of installation.

Provided on-call field service to construction superintendents for corrective action on construction defect issues and warranty service.

Desert Sun Engineering
Yuma, AZ
Principal Engineer, Department Manager of Land Development

Responsibilities:  Performed executive management for regional builder; managing in-house engineering department for land development. Procured all hardware, software and standards necessary for daily operations. Designed, engineered and estimated all land development plans for several subdivisions with multiple phases. Represented the owner in frequent interaction with city, county and state agencies. Coordinated with council members, commissioners, and city staff during pre-development planning, spoke at public hearings for land-use & rezoning amendments, and submission of subdivision plats & improvement plans for approval to construct.

Performed cost/benefit analysis comparing multiple construction options. Calculated development construction cost estimates to determine county and city construction bonds.

Provided all documentation and public speaking for land use amendments, rezoning applications and development plan submissions with the governing municipality.

Designed 3 subdivisions totaling 717 lots from layout to approval to construct, with substantial work on 2 additional subdivisions of 435 lots.

Designed all subdivision layout, paving & grading, potable water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and irrigation plans required for approval to construct.  Balanced earth-work to minimize importation of fill material.

Performed field inspections for construction verification and as-built drawings.

McDowell Owens Engineering
Consulting Engineer, Forensic Engineering

Responsibilities: Managed multiple cases; conducting forensic structural examinations, analysis and report composition. Each report detailed examination methodology, witness statements, research findings, any engineering calculations, and determination of the extent of damage and listed all applicable causal factors.

Performed approximately 380+ residential and commercial structural examinations.

Determined cause and origin of damage for insurance claims, and assignment of fault for design and construction defects for subrogation legal cases.  Experience with multiple current & historic building codes, research of documentary evidence, and witness interviews. Reviewed designs, as-built plans, specifications, plumbing reports and performed applicable engineering calculations.

Evaluated integrity of damaged slab-on-grade foundations, structural members and various roof systems damaged by water, fire, storm and vehicular collision.

Experience with watershed drainage system analysis.

Houston, TX
Design Engineer, Custom Design & Construction

Responsibilities: Designed custom plans for residential construction and mandated all specifications.  Performed purchase management, cost estimation, bidding process for materials and labor, cost/value analysis, hiring, scheduling and supervision of all subcontractors.  Negotiated payment contracts with all subcontractors and authorized timely payment for services rendered.

Responsible for all product design and material specifications.

Coordinated with local building officials, Municipal Utility District and survey crews for permitting, creation of lot plans and installation of utilities.

Performed purchase management duties, take-off estimations and analyzed construction vs. operating cost of energy saving materials; resulting in significant homeowner savings due to substantial reduction in energy usage.

Secured financing, and instituted payment scheduling through all phases of construction.

Hired all subcontractors and performed construction management through all phases of construction.

Lennar Homes
Houston, TX
Construction Manager, Residential Construction

Responsibilities:  Responsible for ordering materials, scheduling, coordinating, inspecting and supervising subcontractors on new construction, and performing warranty service on existing homes.

Assigned to be initial and lead construction manager in Lennar Homes section of Eagle Springs subdivision.

Constructed 36 homes and 2 sales models, and contributed management on 12 additional homes. Concurrently managed construction on up to 16 homes.

Daily inspected homes to ensure quality of workmanship, compliance with building codes and troubleshoot problems.

Maintained 90-day average build time for homes, a reduction of the standard 105 day average. Time efficiency was obtained by aggressive advance scheduling, daily inspections and rescheduling as needed.

Performed warranty service work; interacted with homeowners, determined solutions to construction defects and supervised repairs.
US Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC
Captain, Infantry, Environmental / Safety Compliance

Supervised, trained and inspected division units to ensure compliance with OSHA and EPA federal regulations.
Managed the Environmental (EPA) and Safety (OSHA) Programs for 16,000 personnel in 23 units.

Wrote and presented executive briefings to the Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division.

Trained, managed and supervised all Safety and Environmental personnel within 2nd Marine Division.

Proactively conducted quarterly inspections of all 23 units, ensuring compliance with regulations and accompanied outside agency (government and Headquarters Marine Corps) inspections, generating inspection reports for each of 23 division sub-units per quarter.

Co Exec Officer/Plattoon Cmdr
Camp Lejeune, NC

Trained, managed and supervised up to 160 personnel at a time while providing planning, logistics support and outside agency coordination for company training.

Trained, managed and supervised 160 personnel while providing administrative documentation support for awards, promotions and career development of all personnel.

Planned, organized, scheduled and conducted extensive unit training Including: class room instruction, rehearsals, force-on-force maneuvers and live-fire exercises.

Composed detailed Company Training Schedules, Letters of Instruction and Legal Investigations

Extensive logistical experience; deployed personnel and equipment to Okinawa, Japan & Pohang, Korea.

Assigned duty as company Nuclear Biological and Chemical officer; performed division Combat Readiness Evaluation Program for battalion, receiving highest score in 2d Marine Division for 1997.


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